Meeting with the Sovereign Council of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA) 12/19/14

Sen. Shimabukuro met with SCHHA members and supporters.  L-R:  Michael Kahikina, SCHHA President Kamaki Kanahele, Sen. Shimabukuro, Dan Gomes, Margaret Ma'aka, Aunty Agnes Cope, U'ilani & Herbert Hew Len, and Sooriya.

On 12/19/14, Sen. Shimabukuro met with key SCHHA members and supporters about their concerns regarding funding for higher education. SCHHA also discussed exciting plans for cultural events on the Wai’anae Coast. L-R: Michael Kahikina, SCHHA President Kamaki Kanahele, Sen. Shimabukuro, Dan Gomes, Margaret Ma’aka, Aunty Agnes Cope, U’ilani & Herbert Hew Len, and Sooriya. For more information, visit the SCHHA site.

William Aila Jr. Appointed Deputy Chair of Hawaiian Homes Commission and Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser Appointed Deputy Director of the Board of Agriculture

William Aila Jr. and Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser are both from Wai’anae.

William Aila Jr. and Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser are both from Wai’anae.

Associated Press/Star-Advertiser 12/26/14
Gov. Ige appoints 5 new cabinet members

Gov. David Ige has appointed five cabinet members.

Ige says all of the appointees have a leadership style that will move Hawaii forward for the benefit of the public. Some are staying on from the previous administration.

Scott Enright will continue to serve as chairman of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. He’s held the position since January.

Jobie Masagatani will stay on as the chairwoman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Her deputy will be William Aila Jr., who was formerly chairman of the Board of Land and Natural Resources.

Catherine Awakuni Colon has been appointed as director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Jo Ann Uchida Takeuchi will serve as deputy director in that department.

Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser will serve as deputy director of the Board of Agriculture.

Driver’s License/State ID Office Hours As of 12/1/14; Waianae Satellite City Hall Office Hours

Waianae Driver's License & State ID office hours.

Waianae Driver’s License & State ID office hours.

Waianae Satellite City Hall office hours.

Waianae Satellite City Hall office hours.

Waianae Drivers License & State ID: New Office Hours (Tu/Th)


Effective 12/1/14, the Waianae Drivers License and State ID office is changing its hours of operation to Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 7:45am-4pm.  The office will be closed for lunch from 11:30am-12:30pm.  It is located in the Waianae Satellite City Hall building, 85-670 Farrington Highway.  (Note: The Kapolei Drivers License and State ID office is open 5 days per week.)


The Waianae Satellite City Hall office

is open 5 days per week from 8am-4pm.  However, due to short staff, it will be closed for morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks.


For more information, see photos of the signs above, or call 768-3798.

DOT Updates 12/23/14

Maile Lei 160Here are some recent updates from the Department of Transportation (DOT):

Nanakuli Turn Lanes: I obtained funding for this project, which will create a 17-car turn lane at Haleakala Ave., and a 21-car turn lane at Nanakuli Ave., both in the Honolulu-bound direction. Fortunately, DOT has ended lane closures for the next 3-4 months, and they are considering night work. For more information, contact Derek Inoshita at 587-2160 or Kaikor Construction at 841-3110.

Farrington Highway Landscaping: DOT is considering using xeriscape or other drought-resistant vegetation, which will require less maintenance, and thereby less lane closures.

Medians/Concrete Barriers: Rep. Awana obtained $10m in 2014 for concrete barriers and other safety improvements along Farrington Hwy. DOT will follow-up.

Makaha Surfing Beach: I informed DOT that the funds obtained by Councilwoman Pine for a feasibility study to re-route the highway mauka of the canoe hale were restored to the City budget. DOT will follow-up.

Contraflow Lane in Nanakuli: I will be working with DOT to draft a proposal for a feasibility study for a 5th contraflow lane in Nanakuli to alleviate the heavy traffic. I will also be meeting with the Hawaiian Railway Society and area residents to discuss this possible option.

As a reminder, Opening Day is on 1/21/15. The public is invited to observe and visit legislators’ offices. My office will be serving light refreshments. Check my blog for Opening Day updates, at

Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns, at 586-7793. Have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, and best wishes to you in 2015!

Makaha Art Gallery: Open Daily 10am-5pm

Makaha Art GallerySee Erika Engle’s “Artwork, memorabilia fill Waianae Coast gallery” (Star-Advertiser, 12/22/14).

Star-Advertiser: ‘New DHHL Permit Process Approved’

Land leases will now be based on competitive bids and annual automatic renewals will be eliminated

By Rob Perez
Dec 17, 2014
[Read the full article]

The revocable-permit program was loosely run and was criticized by beneficiaries, who saw mostly non-Hawaiian tenants getting significantly discounted rents for what were designed to be short-term deals but became long-term agreements.

Statewide meetings will be held to get feedback from DHHL’s beneficiaries (those at least 50 percent Native Hawaiian), tenants and the public. Then final approval of the revised system will be sought. “We look forward to the input and dialogue we will gain from meeting with our beneficiaries in the coming months,” said Jobie Masagatani, DHHL’s director and commission chairwoman.


The Hawaiian Homes Commission on Tuesday approved sweeping changes to the basic framework for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands’ controversial month-to-month land leasing program, authorizing reforms intended to make the process more transparent and more fair.

With no opposition, the commission gave the go-ahead for the staff to develop a permit system based on competitive bids rather than the first-come, first-serve one that had been used for decades and generated allegations of favoritism, mismanagement and inconsistent enforcement.

The department also will do away with annual automatic renewals for the so-called revocable permits, establish procedures for determining fair market rents, and allocate staff to conduct compliance reviews on an annual basis.

In addition, DHHL intends to review uses for the more than 38,000 acres in the program to determine whether some of the parcels should be placed in the pipeline for developing homestead lots or converted to general leases, which are 55- or 65-year agreements and generate much more income for the agency.

The commission’s action came after a 2013 Honolulu Star-Advertiser series that revealed numerous flaws with the program and led to the suspension of new permit awards and the formation of an advisory panel by then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie to recommend changes.  Continue reading

Farrington Hwy. Intersection Improvements: 12/08/14 Discussion Notes

From: Derek R. Inoshita
Date: December 15, 2014 at 5:55:51 PM HST
Subject: Farrington Hwy. Intersection Improvements: 12/08 Discussion Notes

Aloha Everyone,

Please find attached the DOT meeting notes from last Monday’s discussion of the Farrington Hwy. Intersection Improvements project. In it, we’ve included follow-up answers to the questions posed. As we move forward, if you have any project questions, please send them to me directly and I’ll serve as POC to get you answers from our various staff members and keep the entire group updated for continuity.

We’re also preparing the project e-blast with a roadwork update and a short briefing presentation (see attached). Can you please send me any e-mail addresses you’d like added to this mailing list? We’ll send one this week and others as new project developments arise.

After last week’s preparation work, construction will now continue behind the concrete barriers for the next 3 to 4 months and not require any lane closures. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and thank you all again for your assistance and patience. We really appreciate your help. Mahalo!

With aloha,
State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
Public Affairs Office

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Click image for PDF document: Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements at Nanakuli Avenue to Haleakala Avenue STP-093-1(22), 12/15/14.

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Click image for PDF document: Hawaii Department of Transportation Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements, December 15, 2014.

‘Truckers 4 Life’ Semi-Truck Toy Run Initiative 12/20/14 – 11AM Wai’anae Boat Harbor

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November 20, 2014

Dear Hearts,

The “Truckers 4 Life” was founded by Milton Bradley Jr in 2009, who one day decided to gather his friends and family who were semi-truck drivers and started an initiative to benefit the less-fortunate children in the Waianae community during Christmas Season. He along with many other truck drivers and their families donated toys and formed a semi-truck cruise that started from Ke’ehi Lagoon to Waianae Boat Harbor. This year will be their 5th Annual “Truckers 4 Life” Semi-Truck Toy Run on Saturday, December 20, 2014 @11am at Waianae Boat Harbor.

Last year, they collected over 150 toys for the children as well as household necessities for their parents. A luncheon donation was also provided courtesy of members of New Hope Leeward Church. Many volunteers came out to support the initiative.

Our goal this year is to ask the community for their help in providing more additional gifts to accommodate our growing community. Our drivers and their families can only donate so many gifts and we would like to extend this initiative out to our community to gain more support and toy donations.

If you or anyone you know would like to help donate an unwrapped toy, please feel free to contact me at (808)548-8100 or email me at I am able to pick-up any donations from now until December 19, Friday.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.

Loushell Mahoe
“Truckers 4 Life” Contact Representative

Senator Shimabukuro in Washington, D.C., December 2014

Senator Maile Shimabukuro is in Washington, D.C., this week and will be missing the Wai’anae Christmas Parade. She sends her best wishes for happy holidays to all.

Sen. Gilbert Kahele, Sen. J. Kalani English, Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, Congressman-Elect Takai

Sen. Gilbert Kahele, Sen. J. Kalani English, Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Rep. Kyle Yamashita, and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro visiting with U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Mark Takai at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., 10 December 2014.

U.S. Sen. Hirono

Group photo with U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono.

U.S. Rep. Gabbard

Group photo with U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

U.S. Rep. Takai

Group photo with U.S. Rep. Mark Takai in front of the Kamehameha Statue in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol visitor center.

Lunch at the Capitol.

Lunch at the Capitol.

DOT: Farrington Hwy Eastbound Single Lane Closure in Nanakuli Dec. 9-12, 2014, 9am-3pm

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists of a single lane closure on Farrington Highway in the eastbound direction between Helelua Street and Nanakuli Avenue on Tuesday, December 9, through Friday, December 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, for road striping and concrete barrier installations.

Previously scheduled work in the westbound lanes was completed today, a day ahead of schedule, and work will switch to the eastbound lanes on Tuesday. Following this week’s roadwork, project crews will begin working behind the concrete barriers for the next three to four months and not require lane closures during that time.

This work is part of the Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements project which will widen the existing highway between Nanakuli Avenue and Helelua Street to include a new 10-foot-wide auxiliary lane, create a new eight-foot-wide shared use path for pedestrians and bicyclists, relocate utilities and upgrade traffic signal, street lighting and drainage systems.

West Oahu motorists are advised to expect delays and allow for extra travel time. More lane closure is available on the project hotline at 841-3110. Follow HDOT on social media for traffic and road work updates.

DOT: Oahu Lane Closures 2014 – Dec. 6 to 12 (12/8/14 at 11:46 AM)

Oahu Lane Closures for the week of Saturday, December 6 to Friday, December 12

Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.



Full and partial weeknight closures of the H-1 Freeway are scheduled from Sunday night, December 7, through Friday morning, December 12, for remedial pavement resurfacing in the Kalihi area. The closures will be scheduled as follows:


Sunday night, December 7, through Monday morning, December 8

Full eastbound closures from the H-1 Airport Viaduct Middle Street/Dillingham Blvd off-ramp (Exit 18B) and the H-201 Moanalua Freeway Fort Shafter/King Street off-ramp to the H-1 Kalihi Street overpass from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for pavement striping and marker installations.

Eastbound H-1 Freeway Airport Viaduct traffic will be detoured to the Middle Street/Dillingham Blvd off-ramp (Exit 18B). Eastbound H-201 Moanalua Freeway traffic will be detoured to the Fort Shafter/King Street off-ramp. Traffic can re-enter the H-1 eastbound at the Kalihi Street on-ramp near Farrington High School. Click here for a detour map.


Sunday night, December 7, through Friday morning, December 12

Partial westbound closures on the H-1 Freeway between the Pali Highway off-ramp (Exit 21B) and the Houghtailing Street off-ramp (Exit 20B). Two freeway lanes and the School Street on-ramp will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, for drainage grating work. Motorists wishing to access the H-1 westbound should proceed on School Street turn left onto Liliha Street and turn right onto Vineyard Boulevard to the next available on-ramp on Halona Street. Two freeway lanes and all exit ramps will remain open.  Continue reading

See New Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone Maps for Waianae Coast Dec. 16 & 17, 2014

O‘ahu residents invited to view new Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps at public information and outreach workshops

O‘ahu residents are invited to attend a series of free public information outreach workshops for a preview of new Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps. These maps represent an unlikely worst-case scenario and do not replace the current, standard tsunami evacuation maps. Rather, they add a second evacuation zone for a worst case, extreme, once in a thousand years tsunami event.

Newly released scientific and geological information suggests that sometime in the past 500 years, a massive 9.0 earthquake in the eastern Aleutian Trench may have generated a tsunami that far exceeded the inundations known to have occurred during tsunami events throughout recorded history in Hawaii. An event of this magnitude, referred to as an Extreme Tsunami, may occur once every thousand years.

In response to these findings, the city, in conjunction with state, federal, and non-government stakeholders, have developed a new set of O‘ahu Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps, refuge areas, and evacuation routes to complement the current tsunami evacuation maps.

Seventeen outreach workshops will be held in coastal communities around O‘ahu this month and next. Each workshop is designed specifically for that particular community.

Representatives from the city’s Department of Emergency Management will be on hand to present the new maps, discuss the implications for Oahu residents, and answer questions.

December 16 at 7 pm Wai`anae District Park, Meeting Room

December 17 at 7 pm Nanakuli Beach Park, Multi-Purpose room

Malama pono,
Georgette Stevens
​Wai`anae Coast Crime Prevention Coalition​

Sparky Rodrigues
December 4, 2014


Please consider attending this meeting. Very important issue for the Waianae Coast residence to know about and plan for family, neighbors and community.

Know what to do, where to go and plan ahead. Be prepared. Share as appropriate. J


PS hope community volunteers can provide video coverage of this event.

Waianae Neighborhood Board Votes Against Army Live-Fire at Makua (12/2/14)

Waianae, Hawaii – December 2, 2014 – At today’s Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board meeting, a majority of board members voted in favor of taking a position against any further live-fire in Makua Valley.

In a 5-2 decision, board members voted “to take a position that the military should not use Makua Valley for live-fire training ever again”. The majority opinion follows on the footsteps of Malama Makua’s recent celebration of no live-fire in the valley for 10 years and the continued legal hold-up preventing the Army from resuming their live-fire training in the valley.

Board members and community members supported the Army’s need for live-fire, but felt that Makua does not provide an adequate facility for the Army’s needs, particularly for the Stryker Brigade. Members cited limitations with the facility that prevents Army units from experiencing realistic training that the Army desperately needs at the company-level in a Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise (CALFEX).

The CALFEX range was built in 1988, many years before the Army developed the stryker vehicle and stationed a stryker brigade at Schofield Barracks. The current range does not accommodate off-road use of the strykers and limits the Commander to employing only 5 vehicles out of the 21 vehicles assigned. Moreover, the live-fire experience is crippled by nighttime restrictions, preventing commanders from practicing the critically needed task of integrating and coordinating a variety of weapon systems during periods of limited visibility.

One community member commented that Makua might have contributed to combat readiness in WWII, but that times have changed drastically and the valley can no longer accommodate the exponential growth in combat power and reach that today’s Army units now possess. Several community members voiced their concerns that the Army needs to be located near adequate live-fire ranges in the mainland where it can get the necessary training it needs.

Only one community member testified in support of Makua live-fire, citing that if the Army says it needs Makua, then it should be allowed to use it.

The Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board’s position has no enforceable effect on the military’s use of Makua, but it sends a clear signal to the Army that the community wants it to find another place to train.

Jack De Feo
A member of the Oahu Council for Army Downsizing (OCAD)
Waianae, Hawaii 96792

Neighborhood Board Candidate Registration Now Open – Deadline 2/20/15

Visit to fill out the candidate registration form. The deadline to file is February 20, 2015. Board member terms run from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017. Visit us online or email for more information.

Visit to fill out the candidate registration form. The deadline to file is February 20, 2015. Board member terms run from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017. Visit us online or email for more information.

Volunteers Needed to Help Restore Wa’a E Ala

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